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More than 60 years after Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went missing in action during the Korean War, his remains were returned to his widow in a solemn dawn ceremony yesterday. Clara Gantt, 94, wept as she stood in the cold before the flag-draped casket that was carried from a jetliner by military honor guard at Los Angeles International Airport.
‘He told me if anything happened to him he wanted me to remarry. I told him no, no. Here I am, still his wife,’ she said. ‘I am very, very proud of him. He was a wonderful husband, an understanding man. ‘I always did love my husband, we was two of one kind, we loved each other. And that made our marriage complete.’
Joseph Gantt was reported missing in action on November 30, 1950, while serving with Battery C, 503rd Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, according to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office in Washington, D.C. According to the office, elements of the 2nd Infantry Division were attacked by greater numbers of Chinese forces near the town of Kunu-ri, North Korea. The division disengaged and withdrew, fighting its way through a series of Chinese roadblocks. Numerous U.S. soldiers were reported missing that day in the vicinity of Somindong, North Korea. After a 1953 exchange of prisoners of war, returning U.S. soldiers reported that Gantt had been injured in battle, captured by Chinese forces and died in a POW camp in early 1951 from malnutrition and lack of medical care.